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    Perfectly natural, plus GRAND Social No. 189 link party for grandparents

    Perfectly natural

    My daughter, Megan, mother to my three grandsons, arranges for an annual family portrait with a professional photographer. Though the photos always look super to me from my biased grandma perspective, try as they might — photographer, Mom, and Dad — one or another of the boys (or parents) are looking away or blinking or being unhappy or uncooperative in each and every shot.

    The same happens when I attempt photos of all three boys together (as a trio or with me). Even more so when Megan and Preston pose with their boys. The results tend to be far from perfect when seeking perfection.

    Megan and Preston visited San Diego over the weekend, the boys in tow as Preston attended a conference there. They visited the beach and paused for a picture. I have no idea who snapped the shot, but it's clear that not expecting everyone to pose and say cheese is the way to go, as this picture (which I've cropped from the original Megan shared) is absolutely perfect.

    family at beach

    Their best family portrait yet.

    I love it! And them!

    And whomever the savvy photog was who snapped my beloveds in a perfectly natural — and so them — shot.

    GRAND Social No. 189

    Welcome to another link party just for grandparents. If you're a grandparent blogger, share a link. If you're not a blogger — or grandparent — you're more than welcome to read the links listed. Enjoy!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • Adding a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.

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    Reader Comments (13)

    Darling picture! Same thing happens to me - I can take 400 before I get one that allows me to say, "Oh, okay, I guess that one isn't as bad as the rest of them!" Your little guys are so handsome!

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    That is a great picture! Much better, in my opinion, than the dressed up, posed ones.
    My thirty one year old son (to this day) is the one who will not cooperate during a family photo (or any photo you ask him to pose in). It all looks great until you make 15 copies to mail out and then notice he was making a face in the back row!!!! Oh well....what are you going to do? Laugh.

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkrista

    This is a great picture to me. Everyone is smiling. My post today is asking for prayers for our Grandson who just suffered a bad accident several days ago. He is in good spirits but a long recovery is in the future. Thanks so much for hosting for so long. Blessings to all of you.

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdaylily

    Hi Lisa!

    Happy New Year! Happy to be back on my blog again!

    Megan and family do look wonderful in this photo! The sky is so blue and they all look very happy and are focused on the camera. I know how hard that can be with the three little one! ;)



    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat @Mille Fiori Favoriti

    That is a delightful portrait of the family.
    We had a family portrait done when my kids were young. My daughter made a collage out of the all the reject proofs with arrows pointing to the one who had messed each particular one. We each had a turn at that! It was hilarious.

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Lovely picture of a lovely family! And, thank you for yet another Grand Social!

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Beautiful photo of all of them, Lisa!

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Chester

    Your grandkids are so stinkin' cute! Well, their whole family is cute!!! You've got a precious picture of them. (Sometimes it's the 'messed up' pictures that tug at my heartstrings the most!)

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

    That's a beautiful picture Lisa! I so know what you mean about not being able to get the grandkids to all be looking without pulling crazy faces when you're trying to capture them together.Thanks for another fun party.

    January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTamuria

    What a beautiful family! You are blessed!

    January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    Wonderful! All it needs is a frame. :-)

    Great picture, so natural. It can be difficult to get a good picture when kids are involved. Sometimes you just have to catch them unawares.

    January 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

    That is a great picture -- maybe it is the part about being in San Diego that helped make it perfect!

    January 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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